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County's Safety Seat Check Offers Peace of Mind for Parents

Fewer than 12 percent of car seats are installed correctly, according to the Burlington County Sheriff's Department.

Worried about your child's car seat? The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will hold a “Safety Day” at the Medford Lakes Fire Department on Stokes Road from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.

The free event will include child safety seat checks by certified child safety seat technicians. Anyone who has a car seat in their vehicle can stop by to make sure the seat is installed properly.

“Parents should stop by to have their child’s safety seat checked. It only takes a few minutes to complete,” said Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield. “We have inspected more than 10,000 safety seats since we started this program 13 years ago. Over the last year, fewer than 12 percent of the seats we’ve checked have been installed correctly.” 

The sheriff added that in the past a child whose seat had been checked and installed by the team was involved in a motor vehicle crash, but made it through unharmed.

“The child slept during the incident and his seat remained secure throughout the ordeal,” said Stanfield.

For more information, call the Sheriff’s Department Community Services Unit at 609-265-3788.

Information provided by the Burlington County Sheriff's Department

Dan Reynolds February 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM
By showing a photo a kid not properly bucked into a car seat! (should have a chest harness strap at shoulder blade height across his chest connecting the straps).
Rob Scott February 21, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Dan, It's a stock photo, and I didn't even notice, to be honest. But I guess that just illustrates the point. Even photographers posing babies for stock shots don't know how to do it right.
Ross Chatham February 22, 2013 at 04:14 PM
What the article doesn't tell you is that persons without a properly installed seat will be ticketed by the inspectors. The fines range from $50 to $175 dollars depending on the level of danger to a child's safety.
Phil February 22, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Where did you read that at? A reference would be helpful for such an accusation.

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